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Can the MacBook Pro 13" power a dual 4k monitor setup?

By gehrig4225
Mar 1, 2015
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  1. I was interested in getting dual 4k monitors (samsung U28D590D), and since they aren't capable of daisy chaining, can the macbook pro handle running them both through each of the thunderbolt ports via displayport?
     
  2. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,059   +646

    I'm pretty sure it cannot. The 13-inch MB Pro will handle 4K output via HDMI only at 30Hz. The newer 15" MacBook Pros can handle 4K better but even then it's somewhat tricky to get 60Hz output (you really want that if you are spending all that money). For multiple 4K monitors on a Mac, the Mac Pro is the only option.

    Here's more detailed information:
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202856

    You can also look at the PC side. It may be cheaper but it's definitely going to be easier if you go the desktop route.
     
  3. gehrig4225

    gehrig4225 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'm not interested in buying a desktop, but would any windows laptop be able to run this setup? I'm looking into the dell xps 13 2015 but I'm not sure if its capable enough. what are the exact requirements to run this?
     
  4. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,059   +646

    And you need dual 4K monitors or one will suffice? That's a big difference.
     
  5. gehrig4225

    gehrig4225 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'd really prefer 2 monitors, but I could deal with one
     

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